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Cablegate: Spain Encourages Greater Regional Engagement With

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TAGS: PREL EUN IR SP
SUBJECT: SPAIN ENCOURAGES GREATER REGIONAL ENGAGEMENT WITH
IRAQ

REF: STATE 035471

1. Spanish MFA Deputy Director for Middle East Affairs,
Alberto Ucelay, in response to reftel demarche, said that
Spain also seeks greater regional engagement with Iraq. As
the new Spanish cabinet is being formed this week, he was not
able to share specific details about Spanish FM participation
in upcoming conferences, but assured us that Spain would work
for additional support for Iraq. Spain will also continue to
fulfill its financial pledges.

2. The Spanish MFA reports that it disbursed 100 percent of
the Madrid Conference Pledge, with the qualifying information
that some concessional loans have not been finalized due to
Iraqi capacity issues. The Spanish MFA said that specific
project proposals for the concessional loans are pending at
this time.

3. Spain also participates, through the EU initiative EUJUST
LEX, in efforts to rebuild Iraqi capacity. In the second
half of 2007 Spain trained 39 police officials, 20 prison
officials and 25 judges. In March, Spain hosted a delegation
of Iraqi electoral commission employees to learn about the
Spanish general elections and democratic practices. There
are plans to continue the programming in 2008.

4. With regard to Iraqi displaced persons, Spain contributed
800,000 euros to an EU program to alleviate the situation in
Jordan and Syria.
AGUIRRE

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